Types of physicians used by women for regular health care: Implications for services received

C. S. Weisman, S. D. Cassard, S. B. Plichta

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Objective: The purpose of this paper is to identify the specialties of physicians seen by women for regular health care, including the combination of an obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) and a primary-care physician, and to examine associations between type(s) of physicians seen and number of visits made and preventive services received. Design: Data are from the 1993 Women's Health Survey, a nationally representative telephone survey conducted by Louis Harris and Associates for The Commonwealth Fund. Participants: National sample, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, of 2,525 U.S. women ages 18 and over. Main Outcome Measures: The specialties of physicians seen for regular care, number of annual physician visits, and receipt of key preventive services (Pap tests, cholesterol screening, mammography) within the last 2-3 years. Results: One-third of women see both a primary-care physician and an OBGYN; they make more visits than women seeing a primary-care provider alone. Women seeing a primary-care physician alone receive fewer preventive services than women seeing both types of physicians, independent of type of health insurance. Conclusions: Women's patterns of physician use vary, and preventive services received depend on types of physicians seen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-416
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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Women's Health
Delivery of Health Care
Physicians
Primary Care Physicians
Women Physicians
Papanicolaou Test
Mammography
Health Insurance
Health Surveys
Telephone
Primary Health Care
Cholesterol
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

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Types of physicians used by women for regular health care : Implications for services received. / Weisman, C. S.; Cassard, S. D.; Plichta, S. B.

In: Journal of Women's Health, Vol. 4, No. 4, 01.01.1995, p. 407-416.

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